Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Three years ago I started this blog because I love to write and talk about random things and now it is my 3-year blogoversary (well, actually, it was May 17th.) In honor of said occasion, I am having a Blog Giveway of 3 of my favorite things.
At first I toyed with the idea of giving away 3 of my favorite books (but I think I will save that for next time). This time I am giving away a $10 gift card to Starbucks,
some yummy chocolate,
and a Thymes Offerings candle in your choice of Thankfulness (a caramel vanilla) or Happiness (a rhubarb sugar cane) because I am both thankful and happy for my blog and my readers!
The candle itself retails for $26. I work for the company that makes it so I hope if you win my contest you will try the candle & fall in love with it and want to buy more!
So to enter my contest I will keep it very simple. Just leave me a comment telling me 3 things about yourself – it can be your 3 favorite designers, your 3 favorite foods, 3 places you have lived, 3 colors you like. Anything in a set of 3. I like random!
And if you are a follower or become a follower (over on the sidebar), you will get a double entry. Please be sure to let me know if you are a follower though because I don’t always keep track.
Also, I do have to make this contest for US and Canada readers only as I am a little concerned about mailing chocolate and a candle in this heat wave, let alone worrying about my package making it around the world!
I will draw one lucky name on the evening of Tuesday, June 1st the old fashioned way out of a Juicy Couture sun hat.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Cardigan is $128, floral tunic top, $78 and gladiator shoes are $138.
BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TOMORROW, I WILL BE ANNOUNCING A BLOGOVERSARY GIVEWAY of my very own!!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
You could win an Aveda Rosemary Mint Bath Bar, some Crawtators, a Lei necklace, some praline dessert or tinted lip balm!
P.S. Andie wanted me to let everyone know that some lucky person will win ALL 5 ITEMS!!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I suggested that Eric and I go out there that weekend and take my mom, too, so we could have a little family Mother's Day get-together, get-away.
So on Friday morning I drove to Iowa to pick up my mom and she spent the night at a hotel in St. Paul (after a delicious dinner at Red Lobster--hey, I am no food snob! and I like chain restaurants - don't judge!).
My mom had something vodka and chocolate...and, uh, vodka!
We stayed at the Encore by Wynn which is an elegant boutique hotel owned by the Wynn. My mom was on the 63rd floor, the penthouse floor. She had a panoramic view.
Eric and I were on the 39th floor.
I loved our room, especially the bathtub and want to live there.
ERIC AND MY MOM - I LOVED THE FUNKY MODERN FURNITURE
On Saturday night, I put on a cute dress from Forever 21 and got out my Kate Spade clutch (a different one than the one I bought-I had 4 Kate Spade bags with me in Vegas) and the 5 of us went to a fancy dinner at the Society Cafe. After dinner, Eric and I saw Holly Madison in Peep Show at Planet Hollywood. She is one of the original "Girls Next Door". I used to think Bridget was my favorite, but lately I really like Holly and she is a huge advocate for animals.
The show was titillating--sorry, I couldn't resist. A lot of boobs and butts shaking all over the place. We had great seats at a table right in front of the stage. Eric literally could put his hand on the stage, but was warned not to, unless he wanted a stiletto heel through the back of his hand.
The show was not for prudes (like me--ha ha!) and was a little on the racy side, but was done in a tasteful manner. I liked it, but I especially liked Holly. My favorite part was probably the part where they all sang about the color pink and Holly painted her love interest with pink paint.
There was singing, dancing, stripper pole action, just very Las Vegas. I bought a Peep Show t-shirt afterwards.
On Sunday we did a Mother's Day buffet brunch at Caesar's Palace and then I hit Fashion Show Mall for about 4 hours. I got my hair done and went shopping at Kate Spade and Nordstrom and got a strawberry Frappucino at Starbucks.
That evening Eric spent it with his parents (gambling) and I spent it with my mom at one of the restaurants downstairs. Or rather my mom ate, and I had an iced tea and 2 or 3 French Fries. I was still full from all of the champagne at the brunch. Those bubbles! Then I actually had an early night and went back to my room to watch "Desperate Housewives". Okay, I know I am lame!
Monday Eric and I walked down to Caesar's Palace because I wanted a daiquiri (yes, a daiquiri for breakfast, this is Vegas!) but we found out after walking all the way down there that they didn't open til 10 a.m. and it was only 9 a.m. So we found a place that was selling champagne in the center of Caesar's Palace, and I got these photos of the fish in the giant aquarium.
Then the 5 of us met up at the Wynn and did a little gambling. I won $10 - woo hoo! I will say that my husband won close to $500 playing Black Jack and his dad won over $800 on the slot machines. But those two (and actually Eric's mom) are much more serious gamblers than I could ever be. I would rather spend my money on a cute handbag--because that is a sure thing!
Then it was time for yet another buffet. Honestly, it is a miracle I didn't gain weight over the weekend--I am happy to report I actually lost 2 pounds. But there was a whole LOT of walking and I never really ate later than 2 or 3 in the afternoon most days & then I was done.
After that it was pool time for me and more Black Jack for Eric.
Then one of the favorite parts of our vacation. Serendipity 3!
I had the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, which was delicious and filling but I could only eat about 1/3 of my cheese omelet after that and only 2 of my fries.
Then that evening we rode up to the top of the fake Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel. We were in the middle of a windstorm and it was freezing up on top. I took a few pictures before freezing to death.
I AM A GHOST
OH WAIT, THERE I AM!
VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE EIFFEL TOWER
Tuesday was our last day there. I finally made it back to Fat Tuesday's to get my peach daiquiri and then Eric and I and my mom had a really yummy lunch at one of the hotel restaurants--I can't remember the name! But I had a shrimp salad, and then spent the rest of the day at the pool.
The weekend went really fast and for the most part it was a lot of fun. My favorite parts of the trip were Serendipity 3, Peep Show and our fabulous hotel.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010